Brendon McCullum innocent? Hah!

The Man in the Stand December 11, 2012, 3:58 pm

Brendon McCullum could not have played it any better.

From vehemently protesting his innocence in playing even a whiff of a part in Ross Taylor's downfall to expressing his supposed concern for the ex-captain's current welfare, McCullum has strived to be seen in the best possible light.

But has he succeeded in ensuring his halo is shining as brightly as he would hope?

Not entirely from my perspective.

In essence, if McCullum has played as blameless a role in this tragedy and as big a Taylor loyalist as he would have me believe, he should have shown more convincing proof.

From the moment it was rumoured that Ross Taylor was for the bullet as captain in whatever form of the game, I would have expected to hear or read McCullum publicly announce his unqualified support for Taylor.

I expected McCullum to deny any interest in the captaincy because he believed Taylor needed more time to master the role.

And I would have expected to hear McCullum stress the fact that Taylor was fulfilling the most critical aspect of leadership by leading by example.

A fact backed up by the glowing statistic that our best current batsman by far has posted an average of 50 plus since he took over.

But no, not a chance.

McCullum's silence was deafening.

From trusted reports, I've heard that McCullum was happy to let the rift that has been in place since Taylor first won the captaincy take its course.

There are often varying opinions within a team as to who is best to lead them especially when results are mediocre.

And invariably in this situation, the best way to not let rumour and disunity not take over is for each and every member of a team to swear allegiance to the incumbent captain.

But sadly, Ross Taylor has never enjoyed that unconditional support during any part of his time as captain and has had to ultimately wear all the blame for this current Black Caps pitiful tale of incompetency from the weak, self-serving administration to their constant coaching upheavals to their monotonous lack of consistency.

I don't blame McCullum for any fierce ambitions he may have including his desire to be captain but at the same time, he can't expect me to completely swallow the fallacy that he's kept these aspirations in check in the last few weeks.

Now he is in the grip of that proven conundrum..."be very careful of what you may wish for."

Because now, it's his turn to take over the reins of one of the most dysfunctional sporting outfits in our entire history.

And with only a nothing test average of less than thirty runs in the last year, McCullum has a heap of improvement to deliver to match Taylor's follow-me leadership style since he took over.

I wish him well. If his success rate as captain matches that of his fairly ruthless ambition to achieve that status, we can expect good times ahead.

Your thoughts please.

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  1. Lorraine01:31pm Thursday 13th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    mccullum and guptill need their eyes tested.Both play down the wrong line far too often.

  2. Spud08:26am Thursday 13th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    McCullum is about as 'innocent' as Ewen McDonald.

  3. tom08:05am Thursday 13th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Little "Cullum" couldn't wait to get his mouth going after backstabbing Taylor.How Taylor can possibly play under this ratwill leave me with little respect for Taylor.And for Taylor to accept the hollow apology spewed out from the puffy checks of King Rat Moller again leaves me wondering just how many empty balls Taylor has.And then for Taylor to say he'll play under Hobbit Hesso and "Dark"Carter against the Poms just leaves me punchdrunk!!I've had enough of this entire Circus. Thank God real cricket begins again in Hobart tomorrow.Over here its bash up Friday nights on Sky Sport-with over the hill End of Days 30 plus year olds showing their inconsistent ramblings.

  4. post1207:29am Thursday 13th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Mccallum has not scored many runs and will continue to do so as he is not an opening batsman who is prepared to grind it out like e.g. Mark richardson was or bruce edgar or john wright.has not got the bility to see the new ball off .the t20 shots all ways come out soon or later and bang he's out and puts a lot of pressure on the rest that follow who have to weather the still new this space hessan I hope you fall on your sword and resign if this happens.

  5. Zee_Man04:15am Thursday 13th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    mccullum will score hardly any runs but watch his cronie coach back him up in every way, just waiting for mccullum to change his name to backstabber and hesson to quit because hes a moron

  6. Daf Davies12:20am Thursday 13th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    McCullum and Hesson have effectively committed suicide with their planned attack on Taylor. The garden gnomes will soon be gone and Taylor restored to his rightful position with Ryder there as well. and the real NZ batsmen can put England to the sword.

  7. Zee_Man08:22pm Wednesday 12th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    lets watch the tattooed wannabe bendon mccullum try his best to be a batter like Ross Taylor, we all know mccullum is all show and no go just a hesson yes man and a team mate backstabber

  8. Greg05:48pm Wednesday 12th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Wait till the end of the tour and compare McCullum's average under Taylor with his average as captain and we will see how supportive he was being of Taylor over the last 16 months

  9. Andrew05:37pm Wednesday 12th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    Who knows what really has happened behind closed doors ? You are only adding fuel to the fire for your own journalistic benefit because you know no more than the rest of us so stop gossiping !! The NZ team to a man do their BEST to get the results we all hope for but it is not very often good enough for the likes of you but in general N Z teams punch above their weight. Give them a fair go and encourage them rather than continually bagging them which doesn't do any good for anyone !! It is very easy to sit on the sideline and criticise !!

  10. James05:37pm Wednesday 12th December 2012 NZDTReport Abuse

    McCullum is inocent you muppet.NZ cricket owe him an apology , but are just covering up there mistake and letting McCullum take some of the heat.




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